China foreign minister slams US ‘reckless provocation’ after consulate closures

first_img‘Ghost of McCarthyism’ Chinese officials took over the premises of the US consulate in Chengdu on Monday, while the last Chinese diplomats left the consulate in Houston on Friday, with both sides alleging the other had endangered national security, in the latest tit-for-tat blows exchanged by the rivals.Trump’s administration has ramped up pressure on China on a wide range of issues, imposing sanctions over policies in Tibet and Xinjiang, where an estimated one million Uighurs and other ethnic minorities are believed to have been rounded up and held in re-education camps. The United States has also downgraded relations with Hong Kong after China implemented a new security law which Washington says is in violation of Beijing’s promises of autonomy for the territory.Disputes between the two sides over a host of other issues ranging from blame for the COVID-19 pandemic to state-run media have resulted in the expulsions of journalists from both countries as well as sanctions against top officials. The US has also in recent weeks declared China’s geopolitical claims in the South China Sea fundamentally illegal, and sent two aircraft carriers to that region to underscore the point.US Secretary of State Mike Pompeo called on Thursday for the “free world” to triumph over what he said was a “new tyranny” from China, implying that former US President Richard Nixon’s move to normalize relations with China in the 1970s was a mistake.Wang in turn said on Tuesday that the US had become “the biggest perpetrator to destroy the current international order,” and called Pompeo’s remarks a sign of “the ghost of McCarthyism coming back from the ashes.” China’s foreign minister on Tuesday slammed the US for “reckless provocation of confrontation” after both sides ordered tit-for-tat closures of each other’s consulates, but called for “rational communication” between the two powers.Wang Yi warned in a call with his French counterpart Jean-Yves Le Drian that China-US relations could “fall into the abyss of confrontation”, according to a transcript published by the Chinese foreign ministry.He also called for the international community to resist “any unilateral or hegemonic act”, it said. Relations have deteriorated in recent weeks in an intensifying standoff between Washington and Beijing, with the US mission in Chengdu ordered to shut on Monday in retaliation for the forced closure of the Chinese consulate in Houston, Texas.”The US reckless provocation of confrontation and division is so out of touch with the reality that the interests of China and the United States are deeply integrated,” Wang said.But the two sides should “engage in rational communication” and “never allow a few anti-China elements to overturn decades of successful exchanges and cooperation”, he added.center_img Topics :last_img read more

“I’m better than you think” – Richard Kingson

first_imgGreat Olympics goalkeeper Richard Kingson has exclusively told Joy Sports he is not thinking of retiring from active football anytime soon. The veteran goalkeeper has been in good form for the Accra-based club in this season’s First Capital Plus Premier League. Olele, as he is known, conceded just two goals in the first half of the season and according to the 36-year old there are more years in him. Is he retiring soon?”I don’t know, but I believe when the time comes I will stop. I will not wait for someone  to tell me to stop. When the time comes I will”. “In football you have to listen to yourself and your body will indicate it’s over. Some people stop because of pressure from people. But I will not bow to that pressure. When the time comes to retire I will for now am active.”Kingson previously played for several clubs in Turkey, for Hammarby in Sweden, and in England for Birmingham City, Wigan Athletic as well as Blackpool.  A vice-captain for the Black Stars, Olele is one of the most capped Ghanaian players ever with 90. The Great Olympics shot-stopper will have the second round of this season to showcase and continue making a case for a comeback to the Black Stars, which he still hopes can happen.–last_img read more